Facebook and Twitter had removed a network of false accounts and pages spreading pro-Donald Trump rhetoric to more than 55 million people on Friday, The Verge reported, making the internet only slightly more real than it was on Thursday.
Facebook detailed its actions in a blog post, noting that it removed 610 Facebook accounts, 89 pages, and 156 teams, in addition to 72 Instagram accounts, most of them originating in Vietnam, which meant automating content, spamming the condition and spreading misinformation. The examples that Facebook shared in the weblog put up included pro-Trump messages and posts that had negative and false information about Democrats in the U.S.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the company removed 700 accounts from its platform for violating Twitter’s rules round platform manipulation, particularly faux accounts, and spam.
That being stated, the accounts that had been banned originated in Vietnam, similar to the majority of these banned by Facebook.
While Twitter did not give concrete numbers by way of how many people adopted the accounts that it banned, a spokesperson for the corporate stated 99 % of the accounts banned had fewer than 1,000 followers. In the meantime, Facebook said in its blog that 55 million people followed at least one of the pages it removed and 381,500 people joined at the very least one of the groups. On Instagram, 92,000 people adopted at least one of the banned accounts.